iLookFunny – The fun photo booth for iPhone [rating: 2.5/5]
The iPhone 4’s new front facing camera brings with it a slew of new possibilities in photography applications. While there is no doubt that its main usage will be for chatting applications (such as FaceTime), many apps have been popping up that are using the front facing camera as a photobooth. iLookFunny for iPhone is one such app with a lot of potential but not enough execution.
iLookFunny is a very simple app. Its sole purpose is to add elements to a photo taken by the phone. There are currently twelve different elements such as funny glasses, red nose, devil horns, etc… The user taps the screen once to bring up the list of elements and, once chosen, the element appears as an overlay on top of the phone. You can resize the elements by pinching them (in a linear way only – the elements maintain their proportions) in and out. The app allows you to simply align the elements with the current camera view and press the big button on the bottom of the screen to take the picture. Sharing options include sharing the photo on Facebook and saving it to the photo library.
While the concept is great, this app is lacks in key areas. There are only 12 elements that can be selected from which provides for a very limited amount of usage. Also, the elements can not be combined. That means that the user can not combine the funny glasses with the devil horns. That means that at most, a user can take 12 pictures and experienced the entire app in one sitting. When put through the “Zafrani Girls App Usability Meter” (essentially a gauge of how long an app is useful for when used by my daughters), the app did not pass the 10 minute mark. Increasing the number of elements and giving the ability to use multiple elements at the same time would definitely help. While minor, another execution mistake, in my opinion, is the addition of a watermark on all saved pictures.
All in all, while the app is limited as far as the amount of time used, my daughters were able to take neat and cute pictures with this app. They just wished that they had more elements to choose from. The developers’ website mentions that they will be submitting an update that will increase the number of elements to 24 which will definitely be better than the 12 that it is currently shipping with.
- Ability to use both the front facing and back camera in iPhone 4.
- Full size resolution images
- Very simple interface
- Limited number of elements
- Elements can only be resized and can not be rotated or combined
- Limited sharing options (facebook and photo library only)
- Watermark added to all saved images
Price: $0.99 (App Store)
Released: Jul 14, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.0
1.0 (iOS 4.0 Tested)
Size: 3.5 MB
Seller: Riptide Games, Inc.
© Riptide Games, Inc.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone. Requires iOS 3.1 or later.